Overcoming challenges of embedding child and youth mental health research in community NHS services

Gabriella Tazzini, Brioney Gee, Jon Wilson, Francesca Weber, Alex Brown, Tim Clarke, Eleanor Chatburn

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Purpose: This paper aims to examine the barriers and facilitators of conducting and implementing research in frontline child and youth mental health settings in the UK.

Design/methodology/approach: Researchers, clinicians and commissioners who attended a workshop at the Big Emerging Minds Summit in October 2022 provided their expert views on the structural barriers and possible solutions to integrating research in clinical practice based on their experiences of child and young people mental health research.

Findings: The identified barriers encompass resource constraints, administrative burdens and misalignment of research priorities, necessitating concerted efforts to foster a research-supportive culture. This paper proposes the potential actionable solutions aimed at overcoming challenges, which are likely applicable across various other health-care systems and frontline NHS services. Solutions include ways to bridge the gap between research and practice, changing perceptions of research, inclusive engagement and collaboration, streamlining ethics processes, empowering observational research and tailored communication strategies. Case examples are outlined to substantiate the themes presented and highlight successful research initiatives within NHS Trusts.

Originality/value: This paper provides an insight into the views of stakeholders in child and youth mental health. The themes will hopefully support and influence clinicians and academics to come together to improve the integration of research into clinical practice with the hope of improving service provision and outcomes for our children and young people.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)275-286
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Public Mental Health
Issue number4
Early online date20 Nov 2023
Publication statusPublished - 4 Dec 2023

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